Houston Parents Mourn 16-Year-Old Son Killed in Neighborhood Shooting

Nakita Robinson and John Robinson II speak about the loss of their son, Daveon Jones, 16, at their home on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 in Houston. Daveon was shot and killed near his home in a northeast Houston subdivision on June 24. Officials have arrested and charged a 17-year-old in the murder. (Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer)

Before the mourners parked their cars up and down the street, and the authorities strung yellow tape in the yard, and the teenager pulled the trigger, Daveon Jones went for a morning run.

It was the last Friday in June, and the 16-year-old boy had been cooped up at home while his parents recovered from COVID — no football practice or basketball games, no workouts with his personal trainer, no sleepovers with his teammates.

So Daveon pulled on gray sweatpants and black sneakers and left home with a water bottle. He ran around the crushed gravel path in his northeast Houston neighborhood, looping past fenced subdivisions and an elementary school in the mid-morning sunshine. The teen texted his mom a picture from his last lap. He told her he would soon be home.

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But he never came back.

Daveon was shot and killed around 11:20 a.m. that morning by 17-year-old Tyler Marshall, who has been charged with murder, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The details of the incident remain unclear, but authorities said Daveon was shot while running away from an arranged marijuana sale.

The shooter’s mother was there, too, and told authorities that Daveon tried to rob them.

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SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, Anna Bauman

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